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Swiss Federal Council lifts Switzerland’s sanctions against Iran

The Swiss Federal Council reserved the right to reverse its decision The Swiss Federal Council officially lifted Switzerland’s sanctions against Iran Wednesday in the wake of a landmark nuclear deal. “The Federal Council wishes today’s steps to be seen as a sign of its support for the implementation of the nuclear agreement and its interest in deepening bilateral relations with ...

Iraqi security forces, trained and backed by the US

We’re about to see how successful US troop training has been in Iraq. Iraqi security forces, trained and backed by the US, are preparing a final assault on the Sunni city of Ramadi, a senior coalition official told Jim Michaels of USA Today. The newspaper called it “the first significant test of American-trained forces against the Islamic State” terror group ...

Hay barn in Lebanon on fire, expected to burn for days

A barn filled with 2,000 tons of straw is on fire in Lebanon and fire officials believe it could burn for days. Meanwhile, authorities say the cause of the fire is suspicious and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The fire erupted at 12:31 a.m. today in a barn near Highway 20 and Bohlken Drive. The barn was engulfed ...

Tony Abbott’s personal opposition to marriage equality reforms has come in for criticism

Under fire from within his party, Tony Abbott’s personal opposition to marriage equality reforms has come in for criticism from Hollywood. Actor comedian Jack Black has lashed out at Mr Abbott’s stance as from “the stone ages” in an unscripted radio interview which aired Thursday. Asked to consider possible storylines for his new television series, 2DayFM’s Dan Debuf and Maz Compton suggested incorporating Mr Abbott’s stance ...

Anti-ISIS coalition launch new strikes in Iraq, Syria

U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria on Saturday against ISIS targets, the U.S. military said. In Iraq, five air strikes near Mosul, three near Ramadi and three near Sinjar aimed to beat back the militants, destroying excavators, tactical units, buildings and weapons, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Sunday in a statement. Other ...

Bomb attack targets Istanbul police station

A bomb attack at a police station in Istanbul early Monday morning injured five police officers and two civilians, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The attack targeted the police station in Istanbul’s Sultanbeyli neighborhood and caused a fire that collapsed part of the three-story building, the agency reported. The explosion also damaged neighboring buildings and around 20 cars parked ...

Ted Cruz: We need a president that shows the courage that Egypt’s President al-Sissi did

By: Sam Nan Ted Cruz said that President of USA barack hussein obama  un Unwilling’ to Say the Words ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism, when asked how he would address the growth of ISIS. He also cited an unlikely counterexample: Let me contrast President Obama, who at the prayer breakfast essentially acted as an apologist. He said well gosh the crusades, the inquisitions … ...

Iraqi premier offers plan to trim criticized government

Iraq’s prime minister unveiled a bold plan Sunday to abolish three vice presidential posts and the offices of three deputy premiers, hoping to cut spending amid mass protests against his government as ISIS still holds a third of his nation. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Cabinet backed the plan, which still needs parliamentary approval, but it’s unclear whether it could end ...

Egyptians reject Qatar offer to mediate with Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians “People & Government” have rejected an offer by Qatar to mediate with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, focus of a government crackdown since the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president in 2013. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu-Zeid said on Sunday that Egypt does not accept any external interference in its internal affairs, underlining that authorities have declared the Brotherhood a ...

South Australia’s unemployment rate could reach 9 per cent in the next six months

South Australia’s unemployment rate could reach 9 per cent in the next six months, an economist has warned, after BHP Billiton announced it would axe about 380 jobs in the state. The mining giant has announced it will cut almost one tenth of its workforce at its Olympic Dam mine in outback South Australia, in what it calls “operational changes”. ...

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